Thomas James Kelly

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How to pick your child's name

Driving down Highway 22 through San Juan, Puerto Rico on our way to the Sizzler buffet (yup!) and Danielle and I got to talking baby names.  We still had about 3 months before the little girl was born and a few name candidates were being bounced around:  Hannah, Josey, Otys, Rhiannon, Shiloh, Vela . . .  

What comes on the radio but Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam's "Lost In Emotion" where the main chorus goes, "Que Sera Que Sera".  Who doesn't love 80s music, much less 80's freestyle.  Growing up, my grossly un-sophisticated mind naively thought it was a song about some girl named Quesara.  10 minutes of Danielle laughing later, and I understood it was Lisa Lisa's version of the French saying, "Que sera sera - what will be will be".  

I asked, why don't we name her Quesara?  It's pretty, it's unique, it's tied to our favorite music era and Lisa Lisa has strong Puerto Rican roots.  So Quesara became Cassaera and 3 months later out came the girl to match it.